Brow Lift Newport Beach
Conveniently located to serve Newport Beach and the greater Orange County area
As we age, all tissue descends in a vertical direction. The brows are a focal point, which many recognize early as a sign of aging. During their descent, they make the eyes look heavy and tired. Many people think it is the extra eyelid skin that is the underlying issue. Once evaluated, the difference is apparent. Patients with a low-lying brow use the muscles in their forehead to support their eye-opening. There are many methods to re-suspend the brows in a natural position. Dr. Reinstadler uses a minimally invasive technique with small incisions in the hairline that will be invisible after healing.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Brow Lift?
The best candidates for a brow lift are healthy individuals who want to smooth away forehead wrinkles. A forehead lift can also address a tired or angry appearance due to sagging eyebrows. This issue is commonly encountered by people above 40 years of age. People in their 20s or 30s drooping brows due to genetics are also good candidates for this procedure.
Patients with medical conditions that could result in slower healing may not be the best candidates for a brow lift. These patients can consult with Dr. Reinstadler to explore their options.
Patients should not undergo a brow lift due to pressure from others; the decision should be theirs and theirs alone. It is also important to have realistic expectations in terms of results.
Your Brow Lift Consultation
You will be asked about your appearance goals and complete medical history during a consultation with Dr. Reinstadler. The procedure will be discussed in detail to help you get a better idea of what it entails. Dr. Reinstadler will examine your face, and you may need to take a few lab tests to help him plan the procedure properly.
Once Dr. Reinstadler has confirmed your eligibility for a forehead lift procedure, he will provide instructions on how to prepare. He will also give you recovery directions, and a date will be set for the surgery.
How to Prepare for a Brow Lift
With proper preparation, a smooth recovery comes easily. Request time off from work in advance, and prepare your living space for the healing process. Create a healthy meal plan, and prepare your meals ahead of time to ensure that you get enough protein and nutrients for recovery.
You will need to quit smoking and avoid drinking alcohol before the date of your surgery. These substances affect blood flow and healing from a brow lift.
The majority of patients who would benefit from a brow lift are candidates for an endoscopic lift. This is the least invasive option, as it uses four or five small incisions behind the hairline to access the entire brow. The brow tissue is then re-suspended. This technique does not significantly alter the shape of the brow; it lifts the entire eyebrow to its more youthful natural position.
The eyes and the brow are intimately intertwined, so a thorough evaluation of the entire upper portion of the face is necessary. Many times a brow lift is combined with an upper eyelid blepharoplasty to significantly rejuvenate the upper face.
If an endoscopic brow lift is performed you will have a few staples in the hairline. These will be removed about 10 days after the surgery. The main issue during recovery is a headache that results from the tissue being pulled. Many people report a ‘migraine-type’ pain for the first few days. Your eyes may also be bruised and swollen just because that is the lowest part of the brow and where the fluid and blood settles. In general, you should be back to your normal activities after the staples are removed.
Depending on the type of brow lift performed, the hairline may be affected. With the endoscopic brow lift, there is no hairline change and it requires the smallest incisions. If a hairline change is desired, certain incisions and techniques can be used. This should be addressed with the surgeon during the consultation.
The brow can be held in place by a few different methods. With the endoscopic technique, either sutures or endotines (dissolvable suspension devices) are used. The sutures are secured to the bone so the brow can be securely suspended. The endotines are also secured to bone and dissolve over approximately six months.
This is an important question and will be addressed during the consultation. Many times there is excess skin on the upper eyelids exaggerated by a low brow position. Even if a very aggressive upper blepharoplasty is performed, it will not correct the underlying issue. The brow needs to be re-suspended prior to the blepharoplasty to achieve the desired results.
I recommend waiting six weeks before waxing. At the six-week mark, the brow is firmly attached to the new position on the bone. If waxing is performed prior to this, it will likely not cause any permanent damage but, may increase swelling and prolong healing.